With much anticipation after a long period of waiting, Supercross finally returned with the first of seven rounds taking place in Salt Lake City. Despite the long break from the last official gate drop, #TeamEVS rode well in both the 250 and 450 classes.
In the 250 class Chase Sexton did not miss a beat despite not having raced for almost three months as he was fast all day in qualifying and moved into second place in the main event. Chase put in a late charge to challenge for the win but came up just short and finished in second overall, retaining his overall points lead in the 250 East championship. Kyle Peters also put in a solid performance in Utah just missing out on a top five result in sixth place. Josh Osby made his return to racing after coming back from knee surgery earlier this year finishing in 13th place while Grant Harlan also had his best result of the year finishing in 14th place. Nick Gaines had a great race going and was beginning to challenge for a top ten finish after a terrible start but went down hard in the whoops…thankfully he’s ok with no major injuries and should be back racing at the next round.
The 450 class had some carnage early on with Freddie Noren and Kyle Chisholm. Freddie had come back to racing after a long recovery from a Tib/Fib injury but tweaked an ankle in his heat race at Salt Lake. He rode through the pain, but it got worse as the day went on and he eventually pulled off in the main event. Thankfully, Freddie has already gotten an x-ray and there are no major injuries with his ankle. Kyle Chisholm had a crash in his heat race and had to go through the LCQ to get to the main event but once in the main, Chiz was as consistent as ever and rode to 15th place. Alex Ray had a strong day as well finishing 17th overall.
Monster Energy Supercross and #TeamEVS will be back racing again later this week with ‘Salt Lake City 2’ happening on Wednesday, June 3rd.
Photo credits - Chris 'Browndogwilson' Ganz